Electronics for Imaging (EFI) has come out with a Fiery X2 controller for the Epson Stylus Pro 7000 and 9000 series of wide-format printers. The server includes NetWise, which supports simultaneous auto-sensing and auto-switching for TCP/IP, IPX/SPX and AppleTalk, among other protocols. It also includes Fiery DocBuilder software, which gives the ability to merge images prior to printing and to view thumbnails. EFI's extended DocBuilder technology supports a new nesting feature that optimizes output by queuing up jobs horizontally across the same media.
A new archival feature, also introduced this month, allows rasterized images to be saved on the network. These can be called up and reprinted without having to be reprocessed.
The Fiery X2 also provides support for PostScript level 3, PDF and TIFF-based files; automatic IP configuration, which allows the server to obtain network information directly from the network;and Fiery WebTools, which allows for remote management of the server using the Internet or an intranet. This enables viewing and control of job status, as well as print-queue management from the desktop.
The printers themselves were also introduced this month. They support 1,440 x 720 DPI printing and use a new kind of inkarchival inkthat allows for printing on virtually any material. The new printers support USB, parallel and Epson Type-B expansion slots, with options for 10/100 Base-T and FireWire ports. The base Epson Stylus Pro 7500 with Archival Ink sells for $4,495. Another model, the 7000, which uses standard Epson Graphics Ink, sells for $3,995. The 7500 with Fiery X2 configuration sells for $9,495.
The Stylus Pro 9500 base model with Archival Ink sells for $8,995. The Stylus Pro 9000, which uses standard Epson Graphics Ink, sells for $7,995. The Stylus Pro 9500 in the Fiery X2 configuration sells for $13,995. For more information, visit http://prographics.epson.com/products or http://www.efi.com.
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